Available as hatchback or convertible, the new Abarth 595 range features three trim levels – Standard, Turismo and Competizione – corresponding to three levels of engine power and tuning.
The 1.4 T-jet engine has had a power boosted to produce 145 hp on the entry-level car and – fitted with a Garrett turbocharger – 165 hp on the Turismo.
The range-topping 595 Competizione packs 180 hp, enabling it to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 6.7s, with stopping power courtesy of a Brembo braking system with four-piston fixed aluminium callipers.
The 595 Competizione is now available with the option of a mechanical limited-slip differential (Abarth D.A.M.) to improve traction in extreme conditions, while Koni FSD (Frequency Selective Damping) shock absorbers are fitted as standard on both the Turismo and the Competizione.
As standard, all variants of the 1.4 T-jet engine are paired with a mechanical five-speed gearbox but they can be fitted with an Abarth robotised sequential gearbox with shift paddles.
Design-wise, there’s a new front end with an oversized air intake and new polyelliptical headlight clusters and LED daylights fitted as standard. Xenon headlights are also available as an option.
At the tail end the more prominent rear diffuser has been redesigned to include new specific bumper inserts for each trim level: matte black for the 595, in matching body colour on the 595 Turismo and with the tar cold grey finish on the 595 Competizione.
The new Abarth 595 rides on new, lighter 17-inch Granturismo alloy wheels which have a 50% greater ventilating surface.
There are new body colours too: Modena Yellow, Abarth Red, three-layer Iridato White and the Scorpione Black/Podio Blue, Scorpione Black/Record Grey and Pista Grey/Abarth Red two-colour combos.
The interiors feature new technical materials, such as Alcantara and carbon fibre while, for the driver, there’s a new sporty, flat-bottomed steering wheel with viewfinder and a one-of-a-kind racing-derived instrument panel. Corsa by Sabelt leather and Alcantara seats with a carbon shell are available on demand.
Making its debut is the Uconnect system – available in a choice of 5-inch and 7-inch HD versions with high-def screen, navigation and DAB digital radio. Another first for the Abarth is the powerful 480 W BeatsAudio Hi-Fi system with seven speakers.
Sales of the new Abarth 595 across the EMEA region, are set to kick off in June.
UK prices have yet to be announced.